Paneer Bhurji

Paneer bhurji is a delicious North Indian dish. Despite the base being paneer, a common Indian cheese, it actually has a texture and richness similar to scrambled eggs. You can make this with homemade paneer, or buy it from the store. I make an egg version of this dish, called Egg bhurji, which is very popular in my family.

Paneer bhurji is a common restaurant food. It is sometimes, but not often, found in roadside stalls as well. It is an easy stir-fry that comes together with minimal effort. It also makes for a great vegetarian sandwich or roll filling. You can use it as a filling with puffs, or samosas. It is a great substitute for mashed potato filling. You could even put it in dosa.

This is a great dish to alter if you are into experimenting. It is a stir-fry, so you can easily add in peas or bell peppers. If you want, you can make it without the ginger, and adjust the spice however you like. It’s a really good base dish that you can play around with infinitely.

Paneer Bhurji

A scramble made with shredded or crumbled paneer, green chillies, and tomatoes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bhurji, paneer
Servings: 6
Calories: 233kcal


  • 2 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi (fenugreek)
  • 12 oz paneer grated or finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • salt to taste


  • Heat ghee
  • Add cumin, allow to toast until fragrant
  • Add onion, cook until translucent. Add ginger, garlic and red chili powder
  • Add tomatoes and salt. Cook until tomatoes turn jammy
  • Add green chili
  • Add paneer and cook for 3 minutes
  • Add kasoori methi and milk. Stir.
  • Turn off the stove. Top with cilantro.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 1mg
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